21 August 2023
The digital world has become an integral part of our lives and children are no exception. As the internet offers numerous opportunities for learning and exploration, it also poses potential risks to the safety and security of our young ones.
To shed light on this crucial matter, we’ve interviewed Damaris and Melissa Gatt who have children actively navigating the internet’s vast seas. Let’s explore together the measures they’ve implemented to safeguard their children in this digital age so that they can continue exploring and learning.
D: My children enjoy playing lots of games online, especially learning games that I download for them. I actively participate in these activities, and we play along together, which allows me to stay involved in their online experiences.
M.G.: Our daughter Savannah enjoys educational games and occasional use of YouTube Kids on her iPad. We actively participate and monitor her online activities to ensure safety.
D: Online security is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to our children. While the internet offers many valuable resources, it can also pose risks, such as exposure to scammers or inappropriate content. As a parent, my primary concern is to ensure that my children are protected from these dangers.
M.G.: Online security for children is crucial in protecting them from potential risks like cyberbullying, inappropriate content, and online predators.
D: I believe that blocking cybercrime and inappropriate content is crucial for safeguarding children online. As a parent, it worries me when my kids venture into unknown territories on the internet, and I feel much safer when potential risks are blocked proactively through security measures like GO Secure Net.
M.G.: The most important aspects of online safety for kids include parental supervision, setting age-appropriate content filters, and discussing internet safety regularly.
D: Unfortunately, yes. There was an incident where my child encountered an inappropriate pop-up while browsing a website.
M.G.: Thankfully, Savannah hasn’t encountered any online security issues so far.
D: When that incident occurred, we decided to immediately restrict access from any device and opted for GO’s Secure Net. This decision brought us peace of mind, knowing that our children would be protected from such experiences in the future.
M.G.: Fortunately, we haven’t had any negative experiences. Our proactive approach to online safety may have contributed to this.
D: Absolutely, the incident left us in a panic as we didn’t know where to start. After conducting some research, we discovered GO Secure Net, which became an essential tool in our approach to online security. Now our family feels much safer.
M.G.: Even without negative experiences, we remain vigilant and committed to keeping her safe online. We use Secure Net to monitor her internet activity and provide an extra layer of protection against online threats.
D: We use analogies to explain the importance of online safety. Just like we teach them about handling a knife responsibly or using a car safely, we also emphasize the need to trust their instincts and avoid anything that feels wrong or suspicious while using the internet.
M.G.: We educate Savannah about potential internet risks through age-appropriate conversations, emphasizing responsible online behaviour.
D: While it’s important to encourage independence, especially as children grow older, providing guidance and not reacting with anger when they encounter something inappropriate is essential. Instead, have open conversations, build trust, and be vigilant by checking what they are using, especially with young kids.
M.G.: One useful piece of advice for other parents is to maintain open communication with your child about their online experiences and be involved in their digital life.
D: Staying updated about online risks and trends can be challenging, but I make an effort to conduct research and also stay in contact with other parents. This way, I can share experiences and learn from their insights as well.
M.G.: We stay updated about online risks and trends by following reputable online safety resources and staying active in parenting communities.
D: Finding a balance is crucial for us. While we want our children to explore the internet and learn from it, we also recognize the importance of their safety. GO Secure Net has played a significant role in providing that balance by allowing them to explore within a secure environment. With this service, we can grant them the freedom they need while ensuring they are protected online.
M.G.: Balancing online safety and freedom involves setting boundaries, gradually increasing independence, and fostering trust through open communication.
Secure Net is designed to provide increased safety and protection whether on your home internet connection or your mobile data by automatically identifying and blocking fraudulent websites, phishing and malware attempts, as well as viruses. At the same time, through parental controls, parents can block access to websites that may contain unsuitable content for their children. In fact, in the past month alone, Secure Net has blocked over 44 million malicious websites, phishing attacks, malware infections, viruses and other type of similar threats, while over 69 million inappropriate, unsuitable and harmful content was blocked from reaching children through.
Find out more about Secure Net and how it can protect you.